When learning about admirable people in the world, much of the emphasis is put on their good deeds rather than their faults. Although leaving out a person’s flaws might make them seem like a better person, in doing so a lot of valuable information about said person is forgotten or ignored. It is often said that humans learn from their mistakes, so in that case why aren’t the flaws of a person stressed equally to their achievements? If the above statement is considered to be true, then the admirable and respectable people in the world have learned much from their mistakes. For this reason, it is of great importance that society doesn’t just learn about the achievements of the powerful and admirable people of the world, but also about their flaws and shortcomings.
One important reason to learn about a person’s flaws is to prevent that same mistake from being made again. Take, for example, the engineer(s) that designed the Hindenburg Zeppelin. When it exploded and wounded and killed many people, it was clear that this tragedy was not something that would be beneficial to repeat. By learning about this flaw in the engineers’ design, future engineers were able to prevent such accidents from occurring farther along down the road. Secondly, learning about a person’s flaws allows people to get a better understanding to the extent of a person’s influence and power over society. If someone only learns about the achievements of a person in power, it gives that person a false persona of greatness that they don’t necessarily deserve. Learning about one’s flaws helps bring that person down to earth a bit and become more relatable to the rest of the world, since as humans no one is absolutely perfect.
In addition, only learning about someone’s achievements can create a bias in favor of that person. Whether it be in elections or some other important decision, by not learning about that person’s flaws, they may be gaining an unwarranted advantage over the competition even if in reality they do not deserve it. Lastly, learning about a person’s flaws can help people understand things from that person’s point of view. After understanding a person’s shortcomings and failures in life, it is easier to see how they view the world and why they made some of the decisions that they did.
Although society tends to only preach the good aspects of a person’s life, it is often in their flaws that the most is learned about that person. Understanding one’s flaws allows people to get a better understanding of their point of view, and also serves to prevent certain failures from being repeated sometime in the future. Learning about one’s flaws also eradicates any unjust biases towards someone, because people can see that with the person’s good comes a considerate amount of bad. Because of these reasons and several others, it is plain to see that the flaws of a person should be stressed just as heavily as one’s achievements.EndFragment